A forgotten element of “greening” computers is the human element. We’re a forgetful bunch, generally leaving powered our monitors, speakers, and other externally-powered accessories. While we’re away, these devices are needlessly sucking electricity and thus costing us money. A truly innovative design of Moneual’s was to design a power supply system which essentially places a power strip inside the PSU. When the computer is shutdown and the power supply shuts off, it also terminates power to the devices plugged in.
The MiNEW G100 is the result of this technology, but is primarily a reference design. Moneual plans to license this design to PSU and case manufacturers for wider adoption and implementation.
The MiNEW G001 also reduces the human element of ignorance by directly providing a number: the wattage currently being consumed in a giant red display on the front of the case. It’s huge, prominent, and outstandingly obvious. No user of a G001 would be able to ignore how much power the system is consuming.
Nettops and All-in-One
Moneual’s nettops are uniquely cased. The A10 uses the standard Atom nettop reference specifications, while the forthcoming, case-corner-cut A20 prototype uses a Core2Duo configuration. Hello Kitty fans will be pleased to know that Moneual is working to license the Hello Kitty identity to sell its Hello Kitty nettop in the United States, as it has it in Korea. The A10 series is currently available for $250 MSRP.
The All-in-One, MiNEW V220, uses a Core2Duo E8400, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, and an Nvidia GeForce 9300 connected to its 21.6″ LCD display with a 1.3 Mpx webcam.
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.
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